17 IRISH WEDDING CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

We love when couples choose to incorporate their culture or wedding traditions on their big day. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we're sharing some of our favorite Irish wedding traditions!

1. Horseshoe:

Horseshoe symbolizes good luck in many cultures. In Irish tradition, brides carried a horseshoe with them on their wedding day to bring good luck to the occasion and their marriage. Eventually, instead of an actual horseshoe brides started carrying a symbol of the horseshoe. According to the legends, the horseshoe should face up resembling a "U" so that the luck doesn't run out.

Lucky horseshoe

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FEATURED ENGAGEMENT: MASIS & ARINA

Arina was excited to celebrate her 23rd birthday party with her family and close friends. Little did she know that her then-boyfriend, Masis, was going to propose to her that night, and turn the event into their engagement party!

 

Before we share their romantic surprise proposal story, let's get to know the couple a bit. Masis and Arina met in 2014 and soon started dating. When we asked the couple how they met, Masis responded "It was love at first sight when I saw Arina shopping at the mall with her friend. A couple months later I finally got around to find her on Instagram, and it all started there!" 

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MANIFA'S STORY: SELECTING OUR DJ

Hello readers! I hope you all enjoyed my Trndez blog. Let me update you all on how wedding planning is going. I’m super excited to be writing about this next vendor.

What are the three most important things during wedding planning? 

  1. Photo/Video: You want to hire the best crew so that they can capture your special day. At end of it, all that is left is the memories.
  2. Banquet Hall: This is going to be home to your guests for almost 6 hours. It needs to big enough and comfortable enough to accommodate everyone.
  3. MUSIC: Especially for an Armenian wedding, your music needs to be ON POINT to keep your guests dancing and having fun.

Armenian Wedding Dancing at Taglyan

For Emin and I, hiring the right DJ was one of the most serious tasks. The one thing we both wanted was to make sure our wedding was like a rave; non-stop, AMAZING music, and our guests would never sit down. We had to have the right DJ who could, not only, get the party started, but keep the party going all night long. We need someone with a lot of knowledge on Armenian and Persian music, as well as Latin and EDM. Incorporating “rave music” into our wedding is a must. For this task, I decided we would only meet with three DJs. Whoever we felt understood what we wanted for our wedding would be hired. Before I chose which three DJs would get an interview, I used Harsanik.com to make a list of potential people we could hire. I went through the list of DJs and whoever had the most positive reviews got on the list. Then I started calling. After talking to a bunch of DJs I picked our top 3...

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FEATURED WEDDING: RAFFI & MARY

We're thrilled to share with you Mary and Raffi's fairytale wedding! Mary was one of Bride's Story bloggers and she shared her wedding planning adventures on Mary's Story blog series. Mary and Raffi got married on October 21, 2017 at Allure Event's Crystal Ballroom. We spoke with Mary and she shared with us her wedding day timeline, the many Armenian traditions they incorporated into their wedding day, and her gorgeous wedding photos!

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ENGAGED? ENTER TO WIN!

Congrats to all of our recently engaged couples! We're sure you're already busy with wedding planning and Harsanik is here to help! We know wedding planning can get expensive, so we're giving away prizes to help you stay on budget (or allow you to splurge on that one vendor without feeling guilty). Our prizes may include event rentals, engagement photo shoot, DJ services, limousine service, discounts on venues, and more! 

Complete the form below and we'll contact you with details on prizes and when we'll be selecting our second winner. And since we'd love to hear your story, you can choose to have your proposal featured on the Harsanik blog!

 
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GIVE THE GIFT OF STYLE

Ladies, if you still haven't bought a Valentine's Day gift, we've got the perfect solution for you. Give your man the gift of style with a JB Clothiers gift certificate. JB Clothiers is located in Downtown Los Angeles and is the #1 rated suit designer in LA on Yelp. JB Clothiers offers bespoke suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, and sports coats that are specifically tailored to your man's image and lifestyle.

Email or call us at (818) 457-1740 by Tuesday 6pm to place your order and we'll have a beautifully designed gift certificate delivered to you on Wednesday, just in time for Valentine's Day (local deliveries only). You can customize the message in your gift certificate and treat your man to a custom shirt, sports coat or suit, depending on your budget. Best os all, JB Clothiers offers free lifetime alterations to Harsanik clients so your gift will last a lifetime.   

JB Clothiers

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MANIFA'S STORY: OUR WEDDING THEME

Hello and Happy New Year fellow brides. I’m sorry I have been a little M.I.A. with the blogs lately. I have been dealing with a lot of family stuff since Christmas. I hope all of you were able to enjoy the holidays. Why don’t we just dive right in and get started?

So, as you read in my last blog, Emin and I selected our reception and ceremony venue. Even though many people say choosing a banquet hall is the biggest decision you have to make, I have to say I don’t agree. For Emin and I deciding on the theme of our wedding was the most important decision. I will say this however, making this decision was surprisingly very easy.

One thing I think everyone should know about me is that I am a very creative person. I’ve always been one of those girls that had the completely decked out and designed folders at school. I used to have my own business on Etsy where I created bedazzled glass decorations. I have designed and sewn all of mine and Emin's Halloween and rave costumes, from SCRATCH! My brain is always on D.I.Y. overload. Naturally, when I got engaged, everyone knew I would come up with some crazy creative idea for my wedding theme/colors. Surprisingly Emin was the one who actually triggered the idea.

Blackjack Marriage Proposal

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FEATURED ENGAGEMENT: SAKO & LILIT

Last year, our hearts melted when we came across Sako's surprise proposal to Lilit in the middle of their Armenian dance performance. Both being members of the Zvartnots Dance Ensemble, it was no surprise that Sako chose to propose at their dance studio where it all started. We're thrilled to now bring you more details on the couple's love story, their recent engagement party at L.A. Banquets Legacy Ballroom, and photos from their engagement photo shoot. We spoke with Lilit to get an inside scoop on the proposal, their engagement party, and upcoming 2018 wedding.

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TOP 9 STORIES FROM 2017

2017 was an unforgettable year! We are fortunate to have shared so many beautiful and incredibly romantic proposal, engagement, photoshoot, and wedding stories on our blog. We are truly grateful to all the couples who took the time to share their love story with us, along with gorgeous photos and touching videos from the many talented photographers and videographers.

We're thrilled to share with you the top 9 most popular stories from 2017!

#9:Mikhail and Varti's Destination Photoshoot in Iceland

We remember the first time we saw the picture of Varti and Mikhail standing on top of an abandoned airplane. Jaw dropping. And that was not the only shot that captivated us. The couple's pre-wedding photoshoot in Iceland is breathtaking.

Varti and Mikhail's Iceland Photoshoot

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